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Difference Between Klonopin and Ativan

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These days, it is definitely a good thing, that whenever there is a medication that you are recommended to take, you can always look up additional information on that medication. Here, we will take a look at the key differences between two drugs: Klonopin and Ativan.

The one thing that these two have in common, is that they are both under the Benzodiazepine category ‘“ which is a psychoactive drug resulting in sedation, sleep-inducting, hypnotic, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant effects.

Under Benzodiazepine, there are two types of drugs which are used to treat anxiety-related problems. The first one is Klonopin, or Clonazepam. In the United States, it is marketed by the drug manufacturing company, Roche. Aside from anxiety and panic disorders, Klonopin is also prescribed to treat insomnia and epilepsy.

The second type is Ativan, or Lorazepam. Ativan is the more well-known commercial name for this Benzodiazepine drug, which is used to treat chronic anxiety and insomnia. When compared to all the other Benzodiazepine drugs, Ativan is considered to be the most addictive ‘“ which is why the drug should only be administered under the close observation of a physician.

Although Ativan is prescribed to treat anxiety-related problems, it has adverse effects on a person, like increased hostility, aggression and suicidal emotions. It can even have amnesic effects.

So what’s the difference with the way that these two drugs work? With both Klonopin and Ativan, its Clonazepam content affects chemicals in the brain which may have become unbalanced, and cause anxiety. The most common use of Klonopin is for seizure disorders and panic disorders, while Ativan is mostly used for anxiety disorders. To realize its full effects, Klonopin is usually taken in two or three doses everyday, while Ativan needs to be taken three to four times a day.

Just as it is when taking any type of medication, it is best to follow your doctor’s order to the letter, when using either Ativan or Klonopin. Either of these may result in an over dosage, addiction, or can even be fatal when taken the wrong way.

Summary:

1. Klonopin is used to treat seizure and panic disorders, while Ativan is mostly used for the treatment of anxiety disorders.

2. As medications, Klonopin has a short-term effect, while Ativan has a medium-range effect.

3. Klonopin has anti-depressant effects, while Ativan produces euphoric effects.

4. Klonopin is usually taken in two or three doses everyday, while Ativan needs to be taken three to four times a day.


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  1. i hope ur not a dr,

    1. ativan does not oxidize and has no hepatic impairment. u gave some incomplete comparison btwn the 2 meds. i refuse to write a dissatation about this but i will point out some key points. u gave such a vague comparison of what ativan klonopin does! post script- ativan does not injure the kindeys much at all.

    2. this is b/c Ativan is confinfed to the vascular system; meaning in does not distrubute itself throughout the body i.e tissue, fat etc.

    3. b/c of this it crosses the blood-brain barrier faster and effectively.

    4. it is IMO more addictive b/c of its short 1/2 life.

    5. klonopin does however accumulate and has active metabolites whereas ativan does not (although it ativan metabolizes its inactive metabolite- Lorazepam is metabolised in the liver by conjugation into inactive lorazepam-glucuronide. This metabolism does not involve hepatic oxidation and, therefore, is relatively unaffected by reduced liver function.) this accumalation by klonopin cause concern hepatically speaking. while they both have there advantage and disadvantage…..its important to remember people are not cookie-cutters and as individuals not all develope dependency, albeit most do.

    6. klonopin and ativan have some different properties but truth be told not many. klonopin’s advantage is its long 1/2 life…but its onset, rapid as it is, is not rapid enough to mitigate a/an anxiety or panic attack.

    7. klonopin is a nitro-benzo, similiar to nitrazepam. extentsively metabolized in the liver and distrubutes tru-out the whole body unlike ativan as mention above (sorry to be redundant). basically all 1,4 benzo’s are the same.

    NOW WHEN U ENTER the TRIAZOLOG-BENZO’S thats when one’s propensity 4 addiction is amplified. i.e usually u can tell, but not always, by the suffix on the end. instead of PAM i.e diazapam, clonazapam, temazapam, flurazapam…u get the point. BUT TRIAZOLOG’S end w/ LAM i.e xanax= alprazolam, halcion=triazolam, prosom= estazolam etc. these are way, way, way more potent!!!!! but please, and i know im not telling everything b/c im not writing a PDR, but try to be more fair in ur analysis. example euphoria? k-pins also give an exaggerated sense of well being just as ativan. in fact the most popular street drug benzo is xanax and klonopin. that is a statistcal fact. junkies just aren’t, or should in say under-educated. halcion they, most, never heard of but mg. for mg. is the strongest benzo….but u would have a very hard time selling them b/c many don’t know about them. same thing w/ xanax….junkies trust the double g’s GENEVA GENERIC pharma. or single G GREENSTONE pharm. but leadler, or mylan, or purpac are just a little harder to get rid of. boy america……the western way, take a pill and it goes away.

    • Uh..in your attempt to be smarter than the author of this article you might want to know it’s dissertation, not dissatation.

    • i could not have said it better…..and yes my name is joey g as well. xanax and other of that ilk is a triazolo benzo. valuim is weaker but adequate for elderly. i see soooo much misinfromation about what is stronger. they are ifferent in slight ways….like 1/2 life, the way the body metabolizes etc.

      but i would like to correct- although many that end in the suffix lam are not all triazolo-benzo. some are not- like Cloxazolam= which belongs to a class of benzo’s that are– Oxazolobenzodiazepines. but yes on the whole u r right but there are great many which are not. even Thienodiazepines have LAM in the suffix, like Etizolam.

      but i agree w/ 99% of what u said kudos

      sincerly joeyg.

      • thought there were 2 joeys……..it was me. any way then yes i agree w/ my statement. just because i spoke out against the author does not mean what i said is not valid or sound- it is.

        u can point out my misspelling (sic?) I DONT CARE! why? because i know what iam talking about.

    • i agree, “the western way…” However when you are and have been experiencing anxiety for 20+ years. i can’t find anything. doc put me on wellbutrin and i kno im not to take other medications, but my cousin offered me a klonopin and i have been doing extensive reasearch. A. im facinated. B. i have severe anxiety but no one seems to care.
      by that i mean, well, they just give me something and it’s like you said, we are not cookie cutters but good Lord, i’ve been on all of them and nothing worked, until my cousin gave me a 1 mg. klonopin, wow. no instant anything. i loved the fact that it mellowed me out and i didn’t want one that night. didnt need one. but i think wellbutrin and klonopin might just work for me.
      anyways, thank you and have a great day.
      kelley

    • Hi Joey:
      You poor thing! Your life must be hell, but you will recover, trust me. Just don’t believe for one minute that you have to live in this hell for the rest of your life. In my opinion, maybe an anti-depressant, such as Elavil (or Amitriptyline), might help you, and I think you can take this for the rest of your life if you have to. Some people just need help. I used to take Elavil for years, then all of the sudden I felt I didn’t need it anymore and stopped cold turkey, without any problems. I think the key is that you have to really make up your mind and then never look back.
      I don’t know if this helps you, but I will put in a prayer for you. Maybe you don’t believe in prayer, but it does help. So just trust yourself more and take the next step to freedom.
      Wishing you all the luck in the world,
      Andrea

  2. in my own experince the major 3 mentioned above. (and i had aLOT OF EXPERINCE) XANAX- is a drug that will kill you. not directly,but indirectly. it’s effects are immediate, and you build a tolerance much faster than the other two. you will almost always get a sesiour if u take over 5mg aday, and then suddenly stop. this happens all the time in detox centers. stay away from this drug….and thats what it is, a drug. not a medication!!!!!!!!
    ATIVAN- in my opinion is the best for anixety, and will help the shakes . this is good to take if you drink alot ,and suddenly stop. decreasing the amount over 3 to 5 days. the effects are “NOT” euphric, but more like a calming effect. when taken in large will cause extrem drowsiness, and eventuly sleep. only additive if you want it to be . this medication is very benificially if taken as prescribed. KLONOPIN- don’t even bother taking this. it will do nothing for you. does nothing for anixety, or for sleep. in my experince, this medication is useless……

    • Klonopin sure does work for anxiety; you should not generalize on a medication that didn’t work for you. I’ve taken Xanax klon and ativan, and I feel that Ativan and Xanax produce euphoria with well being while klonopin helps me to get through an extended stressful time.
      I am trying to find out which is the best for sleep aid though.

      • Jordan: Just found this site because I was changed from Clonazepam to lorazepam & wanted to check them out….I take Trazadone for sleep & MAN I mean sleep! I actually only take 1/2. Lots of dreams tho!! Hope that helps.

    • klonopin does cause euphoria as well as the other 85 benzo’s out there (some illegal in u.s.). it has all the same properties as ativan except its better suited for epilepsy. the truth is in the pudding; if it didn’t offer a sense of exaggerated well-being it would not be one of the top 3 prescribed and abused benzo’s in the u.s.

      that said ativan might offer a more sense of euphoria- but agian when ur taking 5 to 7 mg of klonopin there is very little difference. the same w/ 100mg of valuim. i know from experience…its nothing to brag about…..but nonetheless its true. i mean damm- take enough serax- which is relatively weak and u will get a euphoria. why? simply b/c it makes u dizzy. a childs 1st high is spinning in circles. it makes u light-headed and dizzy…..quite frankly it feels good. not to mention these tranqulizers- the calm…..makes u tranquil.

    • Hello,
      My name is Kimberly and I have been on Clonapin for 16 years! I started it with an anti-depressant, as was taking 1/2 mg. 3 times a day. About 7 years later, and anti-depressants later, my doctor put me one 1 mg. of Clonapin –ending up with taking it 4 times per day! I have been having extreme panic attacks! Complete with tremors, pacing, teeth chattering, etc! I mean horrible!
      My new “facility” recently put me on Prestiqe for depression and I had been vomiting for 2 -3 months every morning!!! My new doctor does NOT wish to switch my Clonapin!!! I need a great deal of help! I believe that I have become “ammuned” to Clonapin and it is no longer working in my system!!!
      That is why I came across this site…to see the difference between Ativan and Clonapin!!!
      If anyone can help me, I would be so very grateful!!! Also, I am not sleeping well, as Trazadone no longer works with the Prestique!
      I would appreciate some input!!

      Thank you in Advance,

      Kimberly

  3. hello, im new to this website but not new to anxiety.i have been dealing with panic disorder for 14yrs, when u think youve got it all figured out, it hits u harder! ive been taking paxil and paxil cr for 13yrs off and on.. just recently had a badd anxiety attack and went to the ER and was givin ativan 1mg for the first time! i gotta say it was great for me>>ive been taking it now for a month or so and it works good for me..ive always been reluctant to take anything other than the paxil<ive been putting myself threw missury for noyhing because the ativan takes care of anxiety fairly quickly!! this coming from someone how has had anxiety for hours at a time..not to mention anxiety with phobias as well..well just thought i would share this, hope it helps someone…thank you

  4. @ tomwade. I don’t know about Klonopin being useless. My father is in a ventilation weaning facility and is experiencing great anxiety and they gave him Klonopin and he’s been out cold ALL day. It was administered at 8 am and it’ snow 3:34 and he’s still out cold and he’s a big guy… 6’2″ and just under 300lbs. I think you may want to be more specific than so general… misleads people… just sayin’.

  5. I am an opiate preferred addict all drugs I have taken. I went I to surgery and put back on opiates. Went Immediiatly to suboxone. Now on 1/2 2mg film per day but had a serious anxiety panic attack today. Was on Ativan and worked with minimum side effects and A bit of energy/euphoria. Doc changed to klotopin. Fell drowsey and no energy. Anybody have a comment on what direction.

  6. I am an opiate addict. I have been on suboxone for 6 years(started at 32mg/day pills, 2yrs in down to 24mgs/day, 5 yrs in 16mgs/day, then 8mgs/day and in the past 3 weeks weened myself down to 4mgs.) I have also been on 0.25mgs on Triazalom each night for about 8 months now. Tomorrow I am going to start a 14 day outpatient detox from the suboxone. They are more than likely going to give me some sort of benzoid to relieve withdrawl symptoms. I heard it was klonipan. Now my question is, since I have been taking Triazalom .25 for 8 months, if I get Klonipan and take that instead of the triazalom, will I be able to get off the Triazalom? I CANNOT sleep without it. If I dare try to take a nap during the day without taking my Triazalom, I am awaken abruptly by a quick anxiety jolt. Its like as soon as my body is about to fall asleep, my body convults or I feel like Ive stopped breathing, or I get a head rush or just muscle spasms.

    You all seem to know your benzoids so please, I want to quit all drugs, even if they are currently prescribed to me. I want to go to sleep without anything but a melatonin if I must and I want off this suboxone and am willing to take Klonipan if thats going to help me with the suboxone withdrawls, however it would be nice)I think) to replace the triazalom with the klonipan and then come off the klonipan…

    Your advise is greatly appreciated….

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  8. I have been on 2mg of clonazepam 3 x daily for about 3 yrs. now. Today my Doctor switched my med to lorazepam1mg 3 x daily because the clonazepam seemed to stop working (tolorance probably). Is this an equi-anxiolytic dose meaning is 1mg of lorazepam equal to 2mgs of clonazepam for anxiety/ panic disorder?

  9. I was told by my psychiatrist that Klonopin is longer acting than Ativan, and I’m going to be starting it tonight. Any help it can give me, I’m all for!

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  12. I have been taking kolonopin for 2months now for undiagnosed tremors. I was referred to neurologists but not until June. This all started in march. Because of the tremors I am constantly in severe pain and they just keep prescribing more meds. So in conjunction with the tremors I have been having fainting spells as well. Fainted at work again yesterday so now they put me on ativan. This is all crazy yo me. I have been considering second opinion but don’t know where ti go. Any advice???? I. Need help

  13. To me, if I am starting to feel manic, Klonopin is the only one that takes it down a notch but after a week or two, I feel like I have anvils in my feet… lol

  14. To me, if I am starting to feel manic, Klonopin is the only one that takes it down a notch but after a week or two, I feel like I have anvils in my feet… lol

    However, I don’t take them for anything but that… anxiety isnt my issue so I am fine

  15. So I’ve been on almost every psychiatric med younk can think of. For me, I’ve been on klonapin 1mg twice daily prn. My problem is i’m in a constsant state of anxiety or panic attacks & the klonapin doesn’t kick in in time. By the time it makes an appearance, i’m in some psych ward. so what works better quicker?

  16. Day 3 of taking 0.25 mg klonopin 3 times a day. Haven’t had much anxiety, just really tired. Does this go away as the body gets more used to it? Also, would it be ok to take an ativan too if I felt a panic attack coming on?

  17. Wow, I think I will stick with the Doctor’s information because she studied it and has a degree, this article is nearly opposite information. And there is the fact that everyone is different so there is no way to say how it will affect anyone. Best to not give advice on the internet about drugs I am done looking.

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